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Double-blind test of SACD and DVD-A vs. Redbook 16/44 in JAES Septembe, (hint: no surprises!) (bumped from 2007 in post #35)
Axon
post Sep 10 2007, 04:11
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"Audibility of a CD-Standard A/D/A Loop Inserted into High-Resolution Audio Playback". E. Brad Meyer and David R. Moran. JAES 55(9) September 2007. It's worth noting that members of the BAS wrote the paper and performed in the tests. You'll need an AES membership to access the article, so no link.

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Claims both published and anecdotal are regularly made for audibly superior sound quality for two-channel audio encoded with longer word lengths and/or at higher sampling rates than the 16-bit/44.1-kHz CD standard. The authors report on a series of double-blind tests comparing the analog output of high-resolution players playing high-resolution recordings with the same signal passed through a 16-bit/44.1-kHz "bottleneck." The tests were conducted for over a year using different systems and a variety of subjects. The systems included expensive professional monitors and one high-end system with electrostatic loudspeakers and expensive components and cables. The subjects included professional recording engineers, students in a university recording program, and dedicated audiophiles. The test results show that the CD-quality A/D/A loop was undetectable at normal-to-loud listening levels, by any of the subjects, on any of the playback systems. The noise of the CD-quality loop was audible only at very elevated levels.


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post Sep 10 2007, 20:37
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Sorry, I haven't had a whole lot of time to summarize the paper. I just wanted to be the first one to get the scoop smile.gif

The paper is rather light on details of the setup. They don't list the speakers they use, or the DAC/ADC they use, or the analog gain stage they use to match levels. That's pretty disconcerting, but I'm unsure exactly how much that matters, given how many people were involved in testing. (They also tested at several different venues.) I'd suspect that nobody would be placated if they were more detailed in their equipment descriptions. They used an ABX CS-5 for switching. They tested the quantization level of 16/44 by ABXing the system with no music playing at +14db above the normal listening volume. When playing real music at that level, they described it as "unpleasantly (often unbearably) loud".

The paper concludes with the note that the high res releases sounded much, much better than the same music on CD, for well-known mastering reasons. So it ends on a surprisingly pro-high-res note. I'm actually more psyched up to buy SACD and DVD-A now compared to before I read it. I certainly haven't given much attention to high res releases, partly due to the copy restrictions, but partly because I always figured it was all bollocks and I might as well stick with CD.

In summary, I don't think this test will convince any audiophiles about the uselessness of high res. Some people will always come up with a bullshit excuse to believe what they want to believe, and there are a lot of people who have blind faith in SACD/DVD-A. But it could give producers more leeway to release well-mastered stuff on CD instead of more obscure formats. Or it could convince more people to get high res players to listen to better mastered stuff. Either way, listeners win.
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post Sep 12 2007, 00:59
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QUOTE (Axon @ Sep 10 2007, 12:37) *
The paper concludes with the note that the high res releases sounded much, much better than the same music on CD, for well-known mastering reasons. So it ends on a surprisingly pro-high-res note. I'm actually more psyched up to buy SACD and DVD-A now compared to before I read it. I certainly haven't given much attention to high res releases, partly due to the copy restrictions, but partly because I always figured it was all bollocks and I might as well stick with CD.


Theres really no need to move to an entirely new format though. Just more push for studios to release properly mastered CDs on labels like mofi or whatever.
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- Axon   Double-blind test of SACD and DVD-A vs. Redbook 16/44 in JAES Septembe   Sep 10 2007, 04:11
- - PoisonDan   Interesting, thanks!   Sep 10 2007, 07:08
- - hushypushy   Very interesting...people are still going to claim...   Sep 10 2007, 07:14
- - Kees de Visser   Thanks for the info. Any details about the A/D/A l...   Sep 10 2007, 12:16
- - LANjackal   Thanks for this   Sep 10 2007, 13:18
- - Bad Monkey   The test results show that the CD-quality A/D/A lo...   Sep 10 2007, 13:48
|- - hushypushy   QUOTE (Bad Monkey @ Sep 10 2007, 05:48) T...   Sep 10 2007, 17:15
- - kdo   Can smb remind me please if there was any AES arti...   Sep 10 2007, 13:58
- - Madman1153   The title as well as the Abstract of this article ...   Sep 10 2007, 17:57
- - Bad Monkey   @ hushypushy: You've rush-read my post and hav...   Sep 10 2007, 17:59
- - Canar   Did they noise shape the 16-bit audio? Noise shapi...   Sep 10 2007, 18:47
- - AndyH-ha   The several comments about lack of inferences on s...   Sep 10 2007, 19:34
- - Axon   Sorry, I haven't had a whole lot of time to su...   Sep 10 2007, 20:37
|- - Kees de Visser   OK, I finally got the paper (written by the Boston...   Sep 11 2007, 06:33
|- - dmckean   QUOTE (Axon @ Sep 10 2007, 12:37) The pap...   Sep 12 2007, 00:59
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Sep 10 2007, 15:37) The pap...   Sep 13 2007, 17:27
|- - Axon   QUOTE (krabapple @ Sep 13 2007, 11:27) So...   Sep 13 2007, 20:02
- - AndyH-ha   They tested the quantization level of 16/44 by ABX...   Sep 11 2007, 00:03
- - greynol   Sounds like more than just quantization noise was ...   Sep 11 2007, 06:53
- - 2Bdecided   It implies the best and most convenient content av...   Sep 11 2007, 12:26
|- - user   I think, the result of this paper and tests are cl...   Sep 11 2007, 13:53
- - Axon   So I've been monitoring Audio Asylum's thr...   Sep 13 2007, 20:23
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Sep 13 2007, 15:23) So I...   Sep 14 2007, 22:56
|- - david moran   >> * JA asserted that the high res playe...   Sep 19 2007, 22:15
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (david moran @ Sep 19 2007, 17:15) ...   Sep 19 2007, 23:52
||- - david moran   Okay. Thank you all for your thoughtful responses,...   Sep 20 2007, 22:40
|||- - krabapple   QUOTE (david moran @ Sep 20 2007, 17:40) ...   Sep 22 2007, 06:48
|||- - Kees de Visser   QUOTE (david moran @ Sep 20 2007, 23:40) ...   Sep 22 2007, 08:52
|||- - spockep   QUOTE (david moran @ Sep 20 2007, 17:40) ...   Sep 22 2007, 13:37
||- - bernlin2000   QUOTE (krabapple @ Sep 19 2007, 16:52) Be...   Dec 20 2012, 10:50
|- - Axon   Thank you for replying (and hopefully you'll s...   Sep 20 2007, 00:42
- - dekkersj   I contacted the authors and they replied that they...   Sep 20 2007, 20:58
- - dekkersj   Thanks David, Good to talk to you this way I ...   Sep 20 2007, 22:49
- - Axon   What they said. Thanks for responding. Clearly i...   Sep 23 2007, 04:01
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Axon @ Sep 23 2007, 04:01) For eve...   Sep 24 2007, 11:39
- - usernaim   I'm not an advocate of hi-rez, but I wanted to...   May 28 2012, 18:43
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (usernaim @ May 28 2012, 13:43) I...   May 29 2012, 15:37
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ May 29 2012, 15...   May 29 2012, 17:47
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ May 29 2012, 12:47) QU...   May 29 2012, 21:10
- - 2Bdecided   Arny, I'm on your side. The point is they clai...   May 31 2012, 10:17
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ May 31 2012, 05:17) Ar...   May 31 2012, 12:45
- - SoNic67   I am a fan of SACD recordings. Not necesarelly bec...   Jun 1 2012, 00:08
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (SoNic67 @ Jun 1 2012, 00:08) Anywa...   Jun 1 2012, 11:40
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Jun 1 2012, 06:40) QUO...   Jun 1 2012, 12:01
|- - SoNic67   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Jun 1 2012, 06:40) You...   Jun 2 2012, 00:56
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Sonic67)Everyone tells me that I can't ...   Jun 3 2012, 00:27
- - Wombat   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ May 29 2012, 18:47) Fa...   Jun 3 2012, 00:11
- - bernlin2000   QUOTE (Axon @ Sep 9 2007, 21:11) "Au...   Dec 20 2012, 10:44
- - DonP   One argument I would consider is that if any compo...   Dec 20 2012, 14:26
|- - sawdin   If the BAS testing was so flawed, why haven't ...   Jan 6 2013, 19:58
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (sawdin @ Jan 6 2013, 13:58) If the...   Jan 7 2013, 15:51
|- - drmoran@aol.com   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Jan 7 2013, 09...   Jan 20 2013, 01:25
- - mzil   Dr. Moran, I think this test you used is brilliant...   Jan 20 2013, 06:01
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (mzil @ Jan 20 2013, 00:01) Dr. Mor...   Jan 22 2013, 19:02
|- - mzil   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Jan 22 2013, 14...   Jan 22 2013, 22:50
- - eretsua   The difference in sound between vinyl and CDs, I t...   Jan 23 2013, 03:22
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (eretsua @ Jan 22 2013, 20:22) The ...   Jan 23 2013, 04:28
||- - julf   QUOTE (Engelsstaub @ Jan 23 2013, 04:28) ...   Jan 23 2013, 08:33
||- - markanini   QUOTE (julf @ Jan 23 2013, 08:33) QUOTE (...   Jan 23 2013, 09:14
||- - julf   QUOTE (markanini @ Jan 23 2013, 09:14) Do...   Jan 23 2013, 10:54
||- - eretsua   Sigh, regardless of how well or how poorly anyone ...   Jan 23 2013, 11:27
||- - julf   QUOTE (eretsua @ Jan 23 2013, 11:27) Sigh...   Jan 23 2013, 12:10
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (eretsua @ Jan 22 2013, 21:22) The ...   Jan 24 2013, 19:45
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- - 2Bdecided   No, I think he means use the vinyl as the source, ...   Jan 25 2013, 11:14
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Jan 25 2013, 05:14) No...   Jan 25 2013, 13:17
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Jan 25 2013, 12...   Jan 25 2013, 13:50
||- - dhromed   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 25 2013, 13:50) Iím s...   Jan 25 2013, 14:02
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Jan 25 2013, 12...   Jan 25 2013, 14:01
- - db1989   Oh lawd! Why didnít I ever suspect before? Co...   Jan 25 2013, 14:12
- - greynol   eretsua is suggesting that a CD using the same mas...   Jan 25 2013, 17:47
- - eretsua   Greynol is correct. What I meant is that indeed th...   Jan 26 2013, 00:14
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (eretsua @ Jan 25 2013, 19:14) So t...   Jan 26 2013, 17:48
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (eretsua @ Jan 25 2013, 18:14) So t...   Jan 28 2013, 19:24
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Jan 28 2013, 10...   Jan 28 2013, 20:03
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